Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute
Oil Description: Dark orange-brown or reddish-brown viscous liquid with an intensely floral, rich, sweet and tenacious aroma, a peculiar waxy-oily note, and somewhat fruity tea- or hay-like undertones. Jasmine oils originating from flowers grown in high altitudes often have a fresh and somewhat diffusive top note, originating from flowers of hot climates tend to possess much warmer, sensuous, and/or subtle indolic or pheromone-like notes. Though this is not always the case, the quality of the aroma also very much depends on timing of the harvest, how fresh the blossoms are at the time of extraction, the quality of solvents used, and the expertise employed in the extraction process. Undiluted, the absolute aroma is almost too strong, but when well diluted, it is the gentle magic of scented moonlight reflected from the flowers of the night-blooming Jasmine.
Applications: In aromatherapy, Jasmine absolute is not recommended, or is recommended for external use only, due to the presence, albeit minute, of the solvent used in the extraction process; many consider that the solvent residue offsets the medicinal value of the oil. However, the aroma effect by inhalation can profoundly influence emotions, being quite capable, sometimes instantaneously, of lifting moods, dispelling fear, reducing tension, instilling confidence, defeating doubt, encouraging relaxed physical awareness, and opening up one to one sensuality, thus helping to bring emotional blocks to resolution. It is no wonder that Jasmine has long been known for its gentle effectiveness in issues of frigidity and impotence. In perfumery, Jasmine absolute is used to impart smoothness and elegance, add a floral note to, or exalt and round-off perfume compositions, and little is needed for these effects. It is considered a middle note that blends well with a multitude and variety of perfumes components, but especially with bergamot and other citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, mandarin, neroli, orange blossom, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.